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Michigan Wildflowers

BIO 118

Michigan Wildflowers

BIO 118

Course Description

Prerequisites: Prerequisites: READING LEVEL 2, WRITING LEVEL 2 AND MATH LEVEL 2.

Identification of common seasonal wildflowers of the open field and deciduous woods. Includes ecological significance of major families of flowers. Historical and practical information presented when appropriate. Taught primarily in the field. (15-0)

Outcomes and Objectives

Participate in the process of science.

Objectives:

  • Make observations
  • Design, conduct experiments
  • Formulate and test hypothesis
  • Collect data
  • Analyze data
  • Draw conclusions
  • Report results
  • Analyze and revise

Work collaboratively with classmates and instructor.

Objectives:

  • Participate in field exercises with 1-3 classmates.
  • Share the workload in each field experience.
  • Share experience of acquiring, transporting, cleaning, and storing equipment used in class.
  • Share ideas and effectively dialogue with classmates.

Demonstrate the competent use of instruments and technology used in the field to analyze wildflowers and ecosystem symbiosis and synergy.

Objectives:

  • Use metric systems and typical devices to measure mass, length, volume and temperature.
  • Follow directions provided with various kinds of scientific equipment.
  • Use a pH meter, magnifying glass and light meter.

Competently communicate about Michigan wildflowers and their biotic and abiotic interaction.

Objectives:

  • Read critically
  • Write effectively
  • Listen actively
  • Speak effectively
  • Be able to interpret graphs, charts
  • Compile a journal summarizing appropriate activities

Demonstrate the ability to think critically.

Objectives:

  • Integrate concepts.
  • Solve problems.
  • Draw logical conclusions.
  • Carefully examine evidence.
  • Correlate relationships.
  • Distinguish between simple correlation and cause and effect.

Demonstrate competence in preparation of and participation in field activities.

Objectives:

  • Participate in field activities and use appropriate equipment to conduct field activities.
  • Select appropriate dress and equipment for overnight experience or single-day experience.
  • Demonstrate safe and appropriate behavior during sessions.
  • Use keys and resource books to identify and set perspective of natural history of organisms.
  • Measure and characterize individual species members and their environmental significance.
  • Report the results of outdoor studies conducted during sessions.

Describe Michigan wildflowers in relationship to one another and their non-living environment.

Objectives:

  • Identify biotic and abiotic factors in appropriate settings.
  • Describe the niche and habitat concept.
  • Differentiate between a community and an ecosystem.
  • List components of an ecosystem.
  • Describe and identify individual related species of Michigan wildflowers.
  • Recognize symbiotic and synergistic relationships in ecosystems visited.
  • Explain natural history of key species.
  • Understand medicinal value of lay species.
  • Understand historical significance of key species.
  • Relate environmental factors to diversity, abundance and quality of species observed.

Describe how the biotic elements in the ecosystems change over time in Michigan.

Objectives:

  • Recognize the process of succession in the ecosystems visited.
  • Identify and describe the wildflowers of the grassland, deciduous forest, coniferous forest, marsh, bog and swamp.
  • Recognize the physical and seasonal features which will determine types of wildflowers seen.
  • Describe the role of soil type, hydrology and local physiographic factors.
  • Describe the relationship of wildflowers to shrubs and trees of each ecosystem visited.